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GOOD EVENING EVERYONE.

IT IS NOW 6 0 1,

[CALL TO ORDER]

UH, WHEN I'M CALLING TO ORDER THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD FOR FEBRUARY THE 26TH.

2024.

UM, I'M GONNA DO A CALL TO ORDER AT THIS TIME.

PEDRO VILLALOBOS PRESENT.

CATHERINE FLOWERS PRESENT.

UH, SHELBY ORM.

NICOLE MERRITT.

PRESENT.

STEPHANIE BAAN.

PRESENT.

LISA HAMAN.

PRESENT.

JULIE HAYES.

KIM TAYLOR.

JENNIFER FRANKLIN PRESENT.

HOLLY REED PRESENT.

LANE BECKER PRESENT.

ALL RIGHT.

THERE BEING A QUORUM.

WE'LL CONTINUE WITH THE MEETING.

UM, ALSO JUST, OH, EXCUSE ME, PEDRO.

I'M, DID YOU GET KIM? OH, YES.

UH, YES.

KIM TAYLOR.

YEAH.

PRESENT.

THERE YOU GO.

GOT IT.

UM, JUST A QUICK ANNOUNCEMENT.

UH, WE ARE STILL WAITING FOR PARKING VALIDATION TICKETS, SO, UM, JUST, UH, BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THOSE AND WE'LL, YOU KNOW, WHEN THEY'RE, WHEN THEY'RE HERE, AND YOU'LL PROBABLY KNOW WHEN THEY'RE HERE.

UM, ALRIGHT.

AND THEN THE NEXT THING WE'RE GONNA MOVE ON

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

TO IS, UH, PUBLIC COMMUNICATION GENERAL.

UM, AND I'LL MAKE A QUICK ANNOUNCEMENT THAT ALREADY MADE, UH, BEFORE THE MEETING STARTED, WHICH IS IF YOU'RE HERE TO SPEAK ON AN AGENDA ITEM, PLEASE LET MR. AND YOU SIGNED UP FOR PUBLIC COMMUNICATION GENERAL, PLEASE LET MR. DOBE KNOW WE DO HAVE MORE THAN 10 PEOPLE THAT HAVE SIGNED UP.

UM, SO IF YOU DID SIGN UP FOR A AGENDA ITEM THAT YOU WANNA SPEAK ON, IT'S NOT PUBLIC COMMUNICATION GENERAL.

IF YOU THINK YOU DID THAT, JUST CHECK WITH MR. DOBE HERE AT THE FRONT.

UM, MR. DOBE, CAN YOU PLEASE CALL THE FIRST SPEAKER? THE FIRST SPEAKER FOR A GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT IS TED EUBANKS.

THE NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE CLAIRE KREBS.

AND DO I, WHAT DO I HIT HERE? RIGHT BUTTON.

GREAT.

A GOOD EVENING.

UH, MY NAME'S TED EUBANKS.

I'M HERE TO SPEAK TONIGHT.

UM, I'M AN AUSTIN RESIDENT, UM, AND I'M ALSO A CERTIFIED INTERPRETED PLANNER AND I'M ALSO A MEMBER OF THE, UM, FRIENDS OF WILDRIDGE SQUARE.

I NEED YOUR HELP.

THREE YEARS, FOUR MONTHS AND FIVE DAYS AGO WE SUBMITTED A CAP REQUEST TO MOVE THREE SAPLINGS TO OPEN UP ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AFRICAN AMERICAN VIEW CORRIDORS IN THE CITY.

AND I WANT TO GO OVER THAT VERY QUICKLY.

AH, AS YOU CAN SEE, WE SUBMITTED THIS REQUEST ON THE 21ST OF OCTOBER IN 2020.

UM, THIS IS THE CORRIDOR ITSELF.

IT CONNECTS THE HUMAN SWEAT.

TRAVIS COUNTY COURTHOUSE WITH THE PERGOLA IN THE CENTER OF WILDRIDGE SQUARE WITH THE AUSTIN HISTORY CENTER SITE.

UH, MOST OF YOU, I HOPE, KNOW THAT HUMAN SWEAT, TRAVIS COUNTY COURTHOUSE IS WHERE SWEAT DE PAINTER WAS TRIED THERE.

GOOD MARSHALL REPRESENTED THE NAACP AND THAT CASE WAS, WHICH WAS SETTLED AT THE SUPREME COURT, REALLY PAVED THE WAY FOR BROWN V BOARD OF EDUCATION.

IT'S AN INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT CASE IN BLACK CIVIL RIGHTS HISTORY.

THE PERGOLA IN THE CENTER IS WHERE IN 1911, BOOKER T WASHINGTON SPOKE TO THOUSANDS OF AUSTINITE AT A TIME WHEN AUSTIN WAS VERY SMALL.

HE SPOKE FROM THAT PERGOLA BECAUSE THE LEGISLATURE WOULD NOT ALLOW HIM TO SPEAK FROM THE CAPITOL.

AND THE MAYOR OF AUSTIN INVITED HIM TO COME SPEAK FROM THE BANDSTAND.

1948, LYNDON JOHNSON ANNOUNCED THIS SENATE CAMPAIGN.

HE WOULD GO ON, AS YOU WELL KNOW, IN THE SIXTIES, INSIDE THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT, THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT, AND THOSE, THAT THOSE SEMINAL LEGISLATIVE ACTS IN CIVIL RIGHTS HISTORY.

AND BEHIND THIS PICTURE IS WHERE THE AUSTIN HISTORY CENTER STANDS.

YOU KNOW, BEFORE IT WAS THE FIRST PUBLIC LIBRARY SEGREGATED AND BEFORE THAT LIBRARY, IT WAS THE SITE OF TWO OF THE ORIGINAL FREEDMAN CHURCHES.

ONE WAS JACOB FONTAINE'S FIRST CHURCH THAT FACED GUADALUPE FIRST COLORED BAPTIST, AND THE OTHER WAS METROPOLITAN A ME.

THIS IS EXTRAORDINARILY IMPORTANT VIEW.

AND THESE THREE TREES THAT BLOCK THAT VIEW WERE PLANTED DURING THE PARK'S LAST RENOVATION, ACCORDING TO MARTY STUMP.

AND I'VE JUST BEEN TOLD GOD, IT WAS EIGHT OR NINE YEARS AGO.

SO WHENEVER IT WAS THAT THEY WERE PLANTED THERE BY MISTAKE, WHAT WE'VE ASKED IS TO MOVE THOSE TREES AND PLANT 'EM ELSEWHERE IN THE PARK.

NO COST APART.

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ALL THE MITIGATION IS INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE.

NO LOSS OF CARBON.

WE SEQUESTRATION NO LOSS OF SHADE.

AND FOR THREE YEARS, FOUR MONTHS, AND FIVE DAYS, WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR AN ANSWER.

I WOULD PREFER BEING ABLE TO SETTLE THIS QUIETLY, ASKING YOUR HELP AND THE DIRECTOR'S HELP TO GET THIS APPROVED IMMEDIATELY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE CLAIRE KREBS, FOLLOWED BY ANDREA HILL.

MR. EUBANKS, MR. EUBANKS, I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU.

HOLLY REED, UM, PARKS BOARD, UM, ARE THE TREES OF A SIZE THAT THEY COULD ACTUALLY BE MOVED AND USED ELSEWHERE? AND THIS IS MAYBE A QUESTION FOR THE PARKS DEPARTMENT.

UH, YOU KNOW, I I WOULD SAY NOT NOW, BUT UNFORTUNATELY THAT'S THE POWERPOINTS OFF.

ONE OF THE PROBLEMS IS IF YOU WOULD LOOK AT THE PICTURES I PUT, IF YOU COULD PUT THE LAST AT THE END OF THIS, THERE WE GO.

THERE YOU CAN SEE THE CONDITION OF THE TREES THAT WERE PLANTED.

UM, THEY'VE GONE THROUGH TWO ICE STORMS. THEY'VE GONE THROUGH REALLY DIFF UM, IMPROPER PRUNING.

UM, AND NOW WE HAVE THREE POOR QUALITY TREES.

OUR GOAL IS TO USE THIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO REPLACE THESE THREE TREES WITH LARGER TREES WHERE WE'VE LOST TREES.

AND THE, UH, THREE YEARS AGO IN, IN THE BIG TREES, WE LOST A COUPLE OF BIG TREES.

WE'VE ALREADY MOVED ONE HERITAGE OAK TO THAT SITE.

IT'S EXTRAORDINARY.

AND WE THINK WE MAY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR MORE.

REPLACING THESE TREES IS NOT AN ISSUE.

WE CAN DO THAT AND DO IT WITH SOMETHING BETTER.

THANK YOU.

MM-HMM.

.

THANK YOU.

NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE CLAIRE KREBS, FOLLOWED BY ANDREA HILL.

HI, I'M CLAIRE KREBS.

I'M A VOLUNTEER AT THE FESTIVAL BEACH COMMUNITY GARDEN, AND I SPOKE TO YOU GUYS LAST MONTH ABOUT THE WORK THAT WE'RE DOING WITH PARD AND TXDOT TO IMPROVE THE SPACE BETWEEN OUR GARDEN AND I 35.

UM, BECAUSE OF ALL OF THE I 35 EXPANSION, WE'VE ASKED FOR A SOUND WALL.

WE'VE ASKED FOR, UM, WATERING STATIONS, IRRIGATION AND PLANTINGS IN THE RIGHT OF WAY BETWEEN US AND THE HIGHWAY.

AND I WANTED TO THANK YOU GUYS, UM, FOR ASKING QUESTIONS LAST TIME OF TDOT AND PARD.

AND I UNDERSTAND THAT TEXDOT AND PART ARE SUPPOSED TO BE REPORTING BACK TO YOU ON, ON HOW THAT CONVERSATION IS GOING SO THAT YOU GUYS CAN HELP, UM, US, UH, GET OUR COMMUNITY'S CONCERNS MET AND MAKE THAT SPACE NOT ONLY PRETTY FOR US, BUT ALSO THE PEDESTRIANS THAT ARE GONNA BE USING THAT, UH, SPACE IN BETWEEN US.

UM, AND I JUST WANTED TO USE MY TIME RIGHT NOW, UM, 'CAUSE I KNOW THERE'S NOT AN AGENDA ITEM ON IT, UM, TO, UH, REITERATE THAT WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT, UM, LOOKING AT THE AMENITIES THAT ARE GONNA BE ADDED TO THAT AREA, BUT THEN ALSO TO GIVE YOU SOME INFORMATION THAT WE'VE LEARNED ABOUT THE LEAD SAMPLING PLAN.

UM, THE LAST TIME THAT I SPOKE WITH YOU GUYS, UM, I EXPLAINED THAT WE'VE ASKED FOR LEAD SAMPLING TO BE TAKEN PLACE IN THE RIGHT OF WAY BECAUSE A, UM, OUR GARDEN HAD A FULL-BLOWN PHASE TWO ESA SAMPLING STUDY DONE IN 2014 THAT SHOWED ELEVATED LEVELS OF LEAD IN THE TOP FOOT OF SOIL.

AND THAT SAMPLING PLAN CON CONCLUDED THAT THAT LEAD, UM, WAS FROM THE HIGHWAY.

AND SO OUR CONCERN WAS, WELL, IF THERE'S GONNA BE ALL THIS EXCAVATION IN THE RIGHT OF WAY NEAR US, PLEASE TDOT SAMPLE THAT SOIL, MAKE SURE IT'S OKAY, UM, FOR US TO CONTINUE GARDENING NEAR THAT AREA.

SO WE'VE GOTTEN, UM, I THINK TODAY TXDOT SENT ITS LEAD SOIL SAMPLING PLAN.

AND I HOPE THAT WHEN YOU GUYS TAKE A LOOK AT IT, UM, YOU, UH, ASK TDOT AS WE ARE GOING TO DO TO SAMPLE INCREMENTS OF SOIL, NOT JUST IN THE TOP SIX INCHES AND SIX TO, TO 12 INCHES, BUT DO EXACTLY WHAT THE SAMPLING PLAN PREVIOUSLY WAS AND SAMPLE IN THREE INCH SEGMENTS SO THAT WAY YOU CAN DELINEATE THE, THE LEAD AND AVOID HOT MISSING HOT SPOTS.

BECAUSE IF YOU LUMP ALL, ALL THE SOIL TOGETHER AND JUST DO IT IN HALF FOOT INCREMENTS, YOU'RE GONNA MISS POTENTIAL HOT HOTSPOTS OF LEAD.

AND THE PREVIOUS SOIL SAMPLING REPORT SHOWED THAT EVEN IN ACROSS THREE INCHES, YOU GET, UM, ELEVATED LEAD LEVELS THAT CHANGE PRETTY RAPIDLY.

AND ONE OF THOSE LEVELS WAS 482 PARTS PER MILLION OF LEAD, WHICH IS JUST NEAR THE UNSAFE THRESHOLD FOR GARDENING, WHICH IS 500 PARTS PER MILLION OF LEAD.

AND WE DONATE THIS FOOD THAT WE GROW TO FOOD BANKS.

WE ARE OUT THERE WITH, IT'S MY PARK DAY

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VOLUNTEERS.

WE'RE DIGGING IN THE SOIL.

AND SO I, I AM JUST ASKING TO CONTINUE TO HARD AND T DOS WORK IN THE AREA AND MAKE SURE OUR SOILS ARE SAFE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU NICOLE.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS ANDREA HILL.

AFTER ANDREA WILL BE DIANA PROCTOR.

HEY, I'M ANDREA HILL.

I'M A PART-TIME, MOSTLY RETIRED ATTORNEY, PART-TIME EMPLOYEE AT BARTON SPRINGS.

I'M HERE TO SPEAK ABOUT THE BATHHOUSE, NOT THE NAMING OF IT, BUT THE CONTRACT.

THERE ARE A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW AND WHY THAT CONTRACT WAS AWARDED, WAS AWARDED TO THE SAME ARCHITECTURE FIRM THAT REDID DEEP EDDIE.

THERE'VE ALREADY BEEN A LOT OF MISTAKES WITH THE REDOING OF DEEP EDDIE.

IT'S COST A LOT OF MONEY TO CORRECT A LOT OF THOSE.

SO WHY WERE THEY GRANTED THE BARTON SPRINGS BATHHOUSE REDO? THERE'S ALSO QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MONEY IN THE BATHHOUSE.

IT WENT FROM ABOUT A $3 MILLION ESTIMATE.

NOW IT'S OVER $20 MILLION WITHIN ONE YEAR.

A LOT OF THINGS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO IT THAT SEEM OUT OF LINE UNNECESSARY, AND PEOPLE ARE WONDERING, WHY ARE WE DOING IT THIS WAY? THERE WAS SUPPOSEDLY PUBLIC INPUT, BUT SINCE MOST OF THE EMPLOYEES AND MOST OF THE REGULAR SWIMMERS HAD NO IDEA WHAT WAS GOING ON, YOU HAVE TO SAY THAT PUBLIC INPUT WAS TOTALLY INEFFECTIVE.

UM, AT THIS POINT, SOME OF US ARE WORKING ON GETTING A MODIFICATION OR MAYBE SOME CHANGE ORDERS TO THE CONSTRUCTION ITSELF.

UM, BUT I WISH SOMEBODY ON THE PARKS BOARD WOULD LOOK INTO HOW THESE CONTRACTS ARE AWARDED.

THERE'S A LOT OF QUESTIONABLE CONTRACTS.

THERE'S A LOT OF CONTRACTS FOR VISION PLANS AND SPECULATIVE IDEAS.

WHEN MEANWHILE, BASIC MAINTENANCE AT THE PARK GOES UNDONE, TOILETS ARE NOT REPAIRED.

THERE'S BEEN NO CONCESSION STAND FOR SIX YEARS.

THERE'S BEEN NO TRAIN FOR FIVE YEARS.

A LOT OF THE RESTROOMS ARE BROKEN AND THEY'RE ARE NOT FIXED FOR MONTHS OR YEARS ON END.

UH, SOMEBODY REALLY NEEDS TO LOOK AT THESE THINGS AND WE MIGHT CONSIDER THAT THE PARKS DEPARTMENT NEEDS A NEW LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE DIANA PROCTOR.

AND DIANA IS, UH, ACCEPTING A DONATION OF TIME FROM PATRICIA BOBBECK.

IS THAT RIGHT? IS PATRICIA HERE? COOL.

UH, SO AFTER DIANA WILL BE LIZ, HELLO PARKS BOARD MEMBERS.

I'M DIANA PROCTOR.

THE EXISTING HISTORIC 1946 BARTON SPRINGS BATHHOUSE, PREDATES SOS ORDINANCE AND DOES NOT COMPLY WITH SOSA RESTRICTIVE, A RESTRICTION OF IMPERVIOUS COVER SUCH AS ASPHALT AND CEMENT.

FULL COMPLIANCE WITH A SITE-SPECIFIC AMENDMENT TO THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE WAS REQUIRED FOR THE REHAB PROJECT TO PROCEED.

THIS WAS SATISFIED BY THE PLANNERS.

HOWEVER, THE PROJECT CLAIMS TO PROVIDE A SAFER PUBLIC FACILITY.

IT DOES NOT.

THE DESIGN PROCESS IN 2018, CITIZENS WERE SHOWN THREE CONCEPTS.

EACH DESIGN WAS CLEARLY A RESPONSE TO EXPERIMENTS.

IMPERVIOUS GRASS COVER ALL THREE DESIGNS, HAD SOME SHOWERS FACING THE COURTYARD WITH UNOBSTRUCTED SIGHT LINES AND THE ABILITY TO HEAR INTRUDERS WHILE SHOWERING.

CONCEPT NUMBER THREE HAD THE LARGEST SQUARE FOOTAGE OF PERVIOUS COVER GRASS WAS MAXIMIZING PERVIOUS COVER.

THE PIVOTAL CONCEPT IN DESIGNING THE WOMEN'S BATHHOUSE AND NOT HISTORIC PRESERVATION, PRIVACY, AESTHETIC EXPERIENCE, OR WOMEN'S SAFETY.

YOU MUST ASK THE DESIGNERS.

HOWEVER, CONCEPT NUMBER THREE WITH THE LARGEST SQUARE FOOTAGE OF PERVIOUS COVER WAS THE FIRST CHOICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF BARTON SPRINGS CONSERVANCY BACK IN OCTOBER, 2018, WHO ALTHOUGH HE HAD NEVER USED THE WOMEN'S BATHHOUSE ANSWERED SURVEY QUESTION Q 10 AS FOLLOWS.

PLAN THREE DOES THE BEST TO RESTORE, REOPEN, AND IMPROVE USER EXPERIENCE LOVE KANATI.

BY 2019, WE DISCOVERED CHANGES TO THE OVERALL PROJECT.

INITIAL SCOPE ISSUES, A SURPRISINGLY DIFFERENT DESIGN OF THE WOMEN'S BATHHOUSE.

THE INITIAL SCOPE ISSUE TO REDUCE IMPERVIOUS COVER IN THE PARKING LOT WAS CROSSED OUT IN THE PARD 2019 PRESENTATION TO THE PUBLIC.

THIS X SUGGESTS THAT IMPERVIOUS COVER HAD BEEN SOLVED ELSEWHERE COMPARED THE FINAL DESIGN.

2019 AT LEFT WITH CONCEPT NUMBER 3, 20 18 AT RIGHT.

CONCEPT NUMBER THREE HAD THE MAXIMUM PERVIOUS COVER, BUT NO PRIVACY FOR SHOWERING.

THE FINAL DESIGN CREATED SHOWERS COMPLETELY HIDDEN FROM THE COURTYARD.

THIS IS UNSAFE FOR WOMEN.

SHOWERING YIELDED MAXIMUM

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PERVIOUS COVER AS GRASS DID NOT UNDERSTAND THE FUNCTIONAL FEATURES THAT SUPPORT YEAR-ROUND SWIMMING SWIMMERS ARE ASKING WHY SPEND $14 MILLION OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION FUNDS TO DESTROY THE UNIQUE QUALITIES OF THE 1946 BATHHOUSE.

THIS PAST WEEKEND, I PERSONALLY MADE A PRESENTATION OF THE WOMEN'S BATHHOUSE TO 135 RANDOM PEOPLE ON SOUTH CONGRESS.

MANY WOMEN TOLD ME THE SHOWERS LOOK UNSAFE.

THE SHOWERS LOOK LIKE A PRISON.

THIS CURRENT PHOTO SHOWS THE EXACT FOOTPRINT OF THE PROPOSED SHOWERS.

WOMEN FEEL UNSAFE HERE.

SITE PLAN BELOW LEFT COMPARED TO EXISTING BELOW, RIGHT.

THE SITE PLAN'S CORRIDOR OF SHOWERS OCCUPY THE SAME FOOTPRINT AS EXISTING SHOWERS, THE RED RECTANGLE AND EXISTING DRESSING CUBICLES.

PINK RECTANGLE ON THE RIGHT.

DAMAGED EQUITY FOR WOMEN SITE PLAN COMPARED THE SAFETY AND AESTHETIC EXPERIENCE INSIDE THE MEN'S BATHHOUSE BELOW LEFT TO WOMEN'S BATHHOUSE BELOW RIGHT VIEWED THE EXISTING 1946 WOMEN'S BATHHOUSE LONG SIGHT LINES.

ABILITY TO HEAR SOUNDS OF INTRUDERS WELL IN ADVANCE PROVIDES BOTH BEAUTY AND CLEVER HISTORIC DESIGN QUALITIES UNRECOGNIZED BY THE PLANNERS.

THESE ARE THE ACTIONS WE REQUEST OF PAR.

PAR.

ACCEPT MY INVITATION TODAY TO TAKE A WALK AND TALK TOUR OF THE FACILITY BEFORE MARCH 8TH.

CALL OR EMAIL ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER HAYDEN HOWARD, TO SUPPORT THE SWIMMER'S NEEDS FOR SAFETY AND ETHICAL USE OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION.

HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX FUNDS DEMAND EQUITY FOR WOMEN TO HAVE THE SAME RESPECT FOR RESTORATION, NOT DESTRUCTION THAT WAS GIVEN TO THE MEN'S BATHHOUSE HISTORIC ELEMENTS.

PUT THIS ISSUE ON THE PARV AGENDA FOR THE NEXT MEETING ON MARCH 25.

I REPRESENT A SMALL GROUP.

I CALLED THEM THE WOMEN'S SWIMMER TECHNICAL ADVISORY GROUP.

WE MET WITH ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER HAYDEN HOWARD IN JANUARY.

SHE MENTIONED THE POSSIBILITY OF CHANGE ORDERS.

THE SPA GLASS PROJECT DIRECTOR, WHO'S VERY NICE TOLD US THAT CHANGE ORDERS ARE POSSIBLE UNTIL THE END OF APRIL OR EARLY MAY.

WE BELIEVE THAT OUR CHANGE ORDERS WOULD NOT DELAY THE PROJECT AND WOULD REDUCE OVERALL COST.

YOUR SUPPORT FOR ANY DETAIL COULD POSSIBLY IMPROVE WOMEN'S SAFETY FOR THE IN THE BATHHOUSE FOR THE NEXT 75 YEARS.

WE REALLY COULD USE YOUR HOPE, YOUR SUPPORT, AND YOU'RE INVITED TO VISIT WITH THE WOMEN'S SWIMMER TECHNICAL ADVISORY GROUP AT THE BATHHOUSE FOR A PERSONAL TOUR.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE LIZ BARN, FOLLOWED BY JOEL MANZO.

JOEL MANZO.

GOOD EVENING.

I'M LIZ BARR, HEIGHT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF AUSTIN ROWING CLUB.

AND I JUST WANTED TO GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ON WHAT WE'VE BEEN DOING IN THIS PAST MONTH.

UH, THIS PAST WEEKEND, A RC HOSTED THE HEART OF TEXAS REGATTA ON LADY BIRD LAKE AT FESTIVAL BEACH.

CLOSE TO A THOUSAND ATHLETES PARTICIPATED, 29 TEAMS, 25 OF WHICH WERE FROM TEXAS.

ENJOYED A GREAT WEEKEND OF RACING IN THIS UNEXPECTED BEAUTIFUL FEBRUARY WEATHER.

UM, A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE PAR SPECIAL EVENT STAFF WHO WORKED WITH US ON THIS EVENT.

WE ARE ALSO PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A NEW ROWING PROGRAM THAT WE WILL BE OFFERING THIS SUMMER THROUGH THE MEXICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER'S WELLNESS PROGRAM.

IT WILL BE A WEEKLY CLASS WHERE WE TEACH ADULTS TO ROW AND THE GOAL WILL BE FOR THEM TO RACE IN THE, UM, OCTOBER, HEAD OF THE COLORADO REGATTA.

UH, THAT IS ON THE LAST SATURDAY OF OCTOBER.

THIS IS IN ADDITION TO OUR MONTHLY PADDLING AND LEARN TO ROW PROGRAM THAT WE DO WITH THE MAC.

AND THEN CONTINUING TO BE A STEWARD OF LADY BIRD LAKE, A RC HOSTED TWO CLEANUPS THIS MONTH WITH KEEP AUSTIN BEAUTIFUL AND WATERSHED TO REMOVE 72 BAGS OF TRASH AND OTHER OBJECTS, UM, FROM THE LAKE AND THE TRAIL.

SO IN CLOSING, I THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND YOUR SERVICE.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE JOEL MANZO.

JOEL MANZO, FOLLOWED BY ZOE CARLSON.

I'LL BE BRIEF.

THANK YOU.

PARKS BOARD.

MY NAME IS JOEL MANSO, DISTRICT SEVEN, BORN AND RAISED AUSTINITE.

UM, I'M HERE TO INFORM YOU AND ASK YOU TO PUT THE AUSTIN BASEBALL, UH, ADULT COMMUNITY ON THE AGENDA.

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UH, WE'VE SEEKING MORE ACCESS, WHICH WILL TRICKLE DOWN TO THE YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS AND BETTER THEIR, UH, EXPERIENCE AND THEIR ENVIRONMENT.

UM, I INVITED MORE BALL PLAYERS TODAY.

IF Y'ALL CAN PLEASE ALL STAND UP.

I REALLY APPRECIATE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM.

WE HAVE A LARGE COMMUNITY.

THIS IS A FRACTION OF OUR COMMUNITY AND WE'RE GONNA KEEP ON GROWING.

WE'RE GONNA KEEP OUR SHOW IN OUR FACES AND WE'RE GONNA KEEP ON FIGHTING.

THANK YOU.

SORRY.

UH, JOEL.

JOEL IS, UH, DONATING, UH, TWO MINUTES OR HOW MANY HOW MUCH TIME IS THAT? HI, IS DONATING TWO MINUTES TO, UH, JASON.

SORRY.

WHAT'S YOUR NAME? WILLIAMS. WILLIAMS. THANK YOU.

UM, I'M THE, UH, OWNER OF, UH, GAME TIME FIELDS AND I, UH, HAVE VOLUNTEERED AT NORTHWEST LITTLE LEAGUE FOR MANY YEARS.

AND THAT'S WHAT IN TURN LED ME TO BE OWNING A COMPANY THAT MAINTAINS FIELDS.

I'M ALSO VOLUNTEER AND BOARD MEMBER AT NORTHWEST PONY, WHERE I MAINTAIN THAT BASEBALL FIELD PRO BONO.

AS I'VE DECIDED TO MAKE THIS A CAREER, I'VE LOOKED AT OTHER SPORTS FIELDS OWNED BY THE CITY OF AUSTIN, AND I HAVE FOUND THAT THESE ARE RENTED OUT TO YOUTH SPORTS ORGANIZATIONS AND A ISD.

AND OFTEN THE YOUTH SPORTS ORGANIZATIONS DON'T HAVE THE QUANTITY OF PARTICIPANTS TO RAISE THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF MONEY TO MAINTAIN THE FIELDS.

AND SO AS A RESULT, THE FIELDS ARE UNMAINTAINED.

THE YOUTH SPORTS ORGANIZATION LOSES PARTICIPATION AND OFTEN THEY'RE UNSAFE.

ADDITIONALLY, THROUGH BEING A PERSON IN THE COMMUNITY THAT'S DOING THIS, I'VE COME TO REALIZE THAT BASEBALL FIELDS ARE NOT OPEN TO USE FOR THE PUBLIC.

AND, UM, THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE THAT WOULD LIKE TO USE THEM AND THERE'S TIME AVAILABLE WHEN THE LEASE, THE PRIMARY LEASEES ARE NOT USING THEM.

SO I TOO WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO GET ON THE AGENDA FOR A FUTURE MEETING, WHICH ALLOWS AN AVENUE FOR PARKS AND REC TO COME UP WITH A WAY TO LEASE OUT THE FIELDS.

AND THEN IN RETURN, THE FUNDS GO BACK TO THE FIELDS FOR MAINTENANCE.

SO MORE FIELDS CAN BE USED BY MORE PEOPLE AND THEY CAN BE IN BETTER CONDITION.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE ZOE CARLSON, FOLLOWED BY SANTIAGO.

HI.

THANK YOU.

FIRST, I'D LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND FROM HEARING FROM US TODAY.

I'M HERE FROM THE AUSTIN SANDLOT BASEBALL COMMUNITY.

CALVE PIN JR SAID YOU COULD BE A KID FOR AS LONG AS YOU WANT WHEN YOU PLAY BASEBALL.

THIS QUOTE BY ONE OF THE BEST MLB PLAYERS GETS AT THE HEART OF THE GAME.

ONE OF MY EARLIEST MEMORIES IS PLAYING T-BALL AND TAKING A LINE DRIVE STRAIGHT TO THE CHEST.

ONCE MY FATHER AND MY COACH, UH, SAW THAT I WAS OKAY, THEY HAD A LITTLE LAUGH, AND THAT'S WHEN I LOVED THE SPORT.

UNFORTUNATELY, LIKE MOST PEOPLE, I ENDED UP QUITTING AND NOT BECOME ONE OF THE FEW THAT PLAY FOR THE MAJORS.

MANY LEAVE THE SPORT DUE TO LIFE CIRCUMSTANCES.

DISINTEREST, UH, YOU KNOW, OVER COMPETITION, THE FEELING OF A LOVE TURNED INTO A JOB OR SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT A MAN.

THIS LEAVES MANY WITH A SOUR NOTE AND REGULATES 'EM FROM BEING AN ATHLETE TO A MERE SPECTATOR.

THERE IS AN EXPECTATION THAT WOMEN DO NOT PLAY BASEBALL, THAT THEY PLAY SOFTBALL.

THE SAM LOCK COMMUNITY EXCELS ENCOUNTERING THESE BAD EXPERIENCES.

WE ARE AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY AND STRIVE TO HEAL THROUGH BASEBALL.

IT DOES NOT MATTER WHETHER ONE WAS BORN, A MAN WAS BORN A WOMAN.

IT DOES, UH, NOT MATTER WHAT GENDER THEY IDENTIFY WITH CURRENTLY.

IT ONLY MATTERS THAT THEY HAVE FUN.

SANDLOT BASEBALL EMPHASIZES POSITIVITY, ISSUING SERIOUSNESS WHILE MAINTAINING LIGHTHEARTED COMPETITION.

WHEN ANYBODY MAKES A GREAT PLAY, EVERYBODY CHEERS.

WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE NO SCOUTS WATCHING THESE GAMES.

ONLY LOVED ONES.

I AND ANY OTHER WOMAN DO NOT HAVE THE FEELING OF WELL UNWELCOMENESS OR BEING REGULATED TO PLAYING JUST SOFTBALL.

THE ONLY REQUIREMENT ANYONE HAS EVER ASKED OF ANY WOMAN IS TO HAVE FUN.

THE BIGGEST BURDEN THAT WE HAVE AS BASEBALL COMMUNITY IS LOCAL FIELD ACCESS.

THERE ARE NOT A LOT OF PLACES THAT CAN ACCOMMODATE A BASEBALL GAME IN THE CITY THAT ADULTS CAN PLAY ON.

AND MANY OF THESE FIELDS ARE ONLY SIZED FOR SOFTBALL GAMES.

IT IS HARD TO GET TOGETHER WHEN PROSPECTIVE FIELDS ARE BOOKED UP OR CLOSED OFF TO US COMPLETELY.

WE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS, UH, KIND OF RELATIONSHIP IS A TWO-WAY STREET.

MANY OF US ARE VERY ACCUSTOMED TO RAKING INFIELDS AND PICKING UP TRASH AFTER GAMES.

UH, WE DO COMMUNITY, UH, GET TOGETHERS AND DO FIELD CLEANS FOR THE FEW FIELDS THAT WE DO USE TOGETHER.

WE, UM, WE WISH TO KEEP GROWING THE SAND LOCK COMMUNITY HERE IN AUSTIN.

AND EVERY DAY I SEE BUMPER STICKERS THAT SAY, KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD.

I LIKE TO THINK THAT SANDLOT BASEBALL IS A LITTLE BIT OF THAT AUSTIN WEIRDNESS.

GREATER ACCESS TO FIELDS WILL HELP GROW THIS LOCAL COMMUNITY.

WE, IN TURN, WILL MAKE SURE THAT THE CITY IS A LITTLE MORE BEAUTIFUL EACH DAY.

IT'LL BE ALLOW US TO BE LIKE CAL, RICK, AND JUNIOR

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AND BE KIDS FOR A FEW MORE HOURS EACH GAME.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE SANTIAGO.

SANTIAGO.

I READINGS.

I'M, UH, I'M HERE TO CONVEY A LETTER, UH, FROM HISTORIC LANDMARK, UM, PRESERVATION, UH, THAT IS BEING SENT TO CITY COUNCIL.

UM, WITH REGARD TO, UH, IN PARTICULAR AN INCOMPLETE, UH, TREE SURVEY, UH, OR, UM, TREE INVENTORY, UM, ALONG TOWN LAKE, UH, NEAR I 35.

UM, AND SPECIFICALLY AROUND A PECAN GROVE, UH, THAT IS MARKED BY A HISTORICAL MARKER OF 1965.

UM, OH, I THINK I'VE SPOKEN TO THIS DA COUPLE TIMES, JUST WANTING TO BRING THIS UP AGAIN, UH, AND ENSURE THAT THIS IS BEING COMMUNICATED.

UM, THERE'S EQUIPMENT BEING STAGED UNDER I 35 CURRENTLY.

UM, FROM EVERYTHING I'VE GATHERED, UH, THAT IS GOING TO BE THE POINT OF ENTRY FOR, UM, CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN IS, UH, AND SO I I I WANT TO ASK THAT, UH, I'M NOT EXACTLY SURE HOW, WHAT MECHANISMS THIS COMMISSION HAS, BUT, OR THIS BOARD HAS.

BUT, UM, TO DIRECT THE CITY ARBORIST, UH, TO COMPLETE THE INVENTORY OF TREES, UM, TO ENSURE THAT ALL, UM, PECAN TREES, UH, THE MATURE PECAN TREES, THERE'S SIX, SIX PECAN TREES THAT ARE, UM, IDENTIFIED TO BE PERMANENTLY REMOVED.

UH, THIS IS GOING TO IMPACT THE RECREATIONAL VALUE OF, UM, THAT LAND, UM, TEXTILES REQUIRE REQUESTING A TEMPORARY NON-CONFORMING USE.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU GUYS KNOW ABOUT THE SECTION SUCCESS CONVERSION.

UH, I KNOW THAT ORACLE SITE DID THIS.

UM, LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND, UH, 1964 PROTECTS THESE PROPERTIES, UH, WANT TO ENSURE THAT A VALUE, A EQUAL AND UM, USABLE PIECE OF LAND IS GOING TO BE, UH, IDENTIFIED.

UM, AND THAT HAS YET TO BE MADE PUBLIC OR HAS YET TO BE VOTED ON BY THE PUBLIC TO ENSURE THAT THAT IS, UH, AN AGREEABLE, UM, EXCHANGE EITHER FOR WALLER BEACH OR FOR THE POTENTIAL THAT THE TEMPORARY NON-CONFORMING USE GOES ABOVE SIX MONTHS.

UH, NATIONAL PARK SERVICE DOES, UM, AGREE WITH THIS, THIS POSITION.

UM, AND I JUST WANT TO ENSURE THAT THIS BOARD, UH, AND, UM, THE PARKS DEPARTMENT UNDERSTANDS, UH, THAT POSITION AND ENSURE THAT THEY ARE NEGOTIATING WITH TXDOT ACCORDINGLY.

UM, AND THAT WE ULTIMATELY ARE GETTING, UH, THAT VALUE PRESERVED.

UM, SO YEAH, TO RESTATE, UM, CITY ARBORIST, UH, PLEASE GET THEM TO COMPLETE THIS INVENTORY.

UM, THANK YOU.

OUR LAST SPEAKER FOR GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT WILL BE C RICHNER.

C RICHNER WILL BE OUR LAST SPEAKER FOR GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT.

THANK YOU FOR, UH, TAKING THE TIME TO HEAR US OUT TODAY, UH, WITH THE ALO COMMUNITY.

UM, OUR HOPE IS TO GET ON THE AGENDA SO YOU CAN KEEP HEARING FROM US AND KEEP UNDERSTANDING WHAT WE'RE, WHAT WE'RE ABOUT.

AS JASON WAS SAYING, UM, THERE ARE PLENTY OF FIELDS THAT CAN ACCOMMODATE, UM, YOU KNOW, EITHER HIGH TEENS, 18 YEAR OLDS OR ADULTS WHO BASICALLY PLAY ON ABOUT THE SAME DIMENSIONAL FIELDS.

AND, UH, SANDLOT HAS BEEN AROUND FOR 12 YEARS OR SO.

AND IT STARTED, IT STARTED, UH, YOU KNOW, WITH A CORE GROUP OF GUYS WANTING TO GET TOGETHER AND PLAY BALL.

AND, UM, SINCE THEN, THAT'S, YOU KNOW, WE'RE TALKING IN 2010.

SINCE THEN, IT'S BLOWN UP AND WE'RE PUSHING 20 TEAMS OR SO.

AND IT'S, IT'S KIND OF SWEEPING, I WOULDN'T SAY THE NATION, BUT IT IS KIND OF GROWING.

YOU CAN DEFINITELY SEE THERE'S A FULL COMMUNITY, AND AUSTIN IS IN SOME PARTS, KIND OF KNOWN AS LIKE THE BIRTHPLACE OF THIS, OF THIS, UH, ADULT RECREATIONAL MOVEMENT.

AND, UM, AS ZOE WAS MENTIONING, WE'RE VERY INCLUSIVE.

IT'S VERY OPEN TO EVERYBODY.

THE, THE, THE, AS LONG AS YOU HAVE A LOVE FOR A GAME AND GOOD ATTITUDE, YOU, YOU'RE INVITED, YOU'RE IN.

AND, UH, AS WE KNOW, WE, THE CITY OF AUSTIN HAS AT LEAST HALF A DOZEN PARKS THAT COULD ACCOMMODATE US.

SO, SO FAR ALL WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO REALLY MAKE, LIKE, BE ABLE TO WORK WITH IS GO VALLEY, BUT THERE IS, UH, OSA GUERRERO, CHEF FIELD, BECHTEL HARPER, LORRAINE CAMACHO, AND THERE ARE A FEW DIFFERENT SITES THAT IF, IF WE ARE ABLE TO WORK WITH THE CITY, WE CAN HOPEFULLY WORK WITH, UH, THE OTHER ORGANIZATIONS AND SEE MORE TIME AT THE FIELDS AND JUST

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KIND OF SPREAD OUR LOVE OF THE GAME.

AND AS JASON WAS MENTIONING, BRING THOSE FIELDS BACK FROM MAYBE A LITTLE BIT OF NEGLECT AND DISREPAIR BACK INTO SOMETHING THAT, UM, WITH OUR TIME AND EFFORT AND RESOURCES, BRING IT BACK TO ITS FULL, UH, UH, POTENTIAL.

AND THAT'S, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE AIMING FOR.

WE HOPE.

WE HOPE, UH, WE HOPE TO, THAT YOU'RE ABLE TO HEAR US OUT AND WE CAN GET SOME ACCESS HERE PRETTY SOON.

THANK YOU.

THAT'S ALL 10 SPEAKERS FOR GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT.

THANK YOU.

WELL, WILL NOW MOVE ON

[APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

TO APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

UM, THIS IS, UH, REGARDING THE JANUARY 22ND, 20, 24 MINUTES.

SO I'LL GIVE EVERYONE A MOMENT TO LOOK AT THAT.

IS THERE ANY SUGGESTIONS OR CHANGES TO THE MINUTES? ALL RIGHT.

WITHOUT ANY SUGGESTIONS OR CHANGES.

UM, I WILL NOW ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO APPROVE.

I MOVE TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD, REGULAR MEETING O OF JANUARY THE 22ND, 2024.

IS THERE A SECOND? I'LL SECOND.

OKAY, SECOND.

FROM BOARD MEMBER MERIT.

UM, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND.

ALL RIGHT.

MOTION, UH, CARRIES NINE ZERO.

WE'RE NOW MOVING TO DISCUSSION AND

[2. Discussion and possible action regarding letters of support for the Parks and Recreation Department Nature Programs Team. ]

ACTION ITEMS. THE FIRST ONE IS DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING LETTERS OF SUPPORT FOR THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT, NATURE PROGRAMS. TEAM CHAIR.

WE HAVE A PUBLIC COMMENTER ON THIS ITEM.

OH, MIKE TY, THAT'S RIGHT.

PARKS BOARD MEMBERS.

UH, GREETINGS.

I JUST QUICKLY WANTED TO JUST COMMEND THE, THE EFFORT TO SUPPORT THE PARKS DEPARTMENT AND THE WORK THAT THEY DO WITH THE AUSTIN NATION SCIENCE CENTER.

I DIDN'T KNOW THE FULL DETAILS OF THIS LETTER IS, BUT I'VE WORKED WITH JESSICA GIZO AND SOME OF THE OTHER FOLKS, NOT ONLY IN PARKS DEPARTMENT, BUT WATERSHED PROTECTION.

AND THEY DO SOME GREAT WORK WITH EDUCATING OUR KIDS AROUND THE, THE SPACE AT BARTON SPRINGS AND THE AQUIFER AND WATERSHED.

AND I'M NOT SURE I KNOW THE BACKGROUND ON THIS PARTICULAR LETTER FROM WHAT I SAW.

I'M DELIGHTED TO SEE MRS. GIL GETTING SOME RECOGNITION FOR SOME GREAT WORK SHE'S DONE FOR THE CITY AND FOR BARTON SPRINGS.

THAT'S ALL.

THANK YOU.

UH, GOOD EVENING.

AS, UH, THE PRESENTATION'S GETTING PULLED UP, I'LL GO AHEAD AND INTRODUCE MYSELF.

MY NAME IS AMANDA ROSS AND I'M THE DIVISION MANAGER FOR NATURAL RESOURCES

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WITH THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT.

UM, AND I'M EXCITED TO BE HERE TONIGHT AND I HAVE A FEW PEOPLE WITH ME.

UH, WE HAVE OUR PROGRAM MANAGER OVER NATURE BASED PROGRAMS, JESSICA GIZO.

WE HAVE, UM, RYAN KER, WHO IS, UH, THE SUPERVISOR OVER CAMACHO ACTIVITY CENTER, AND WE ALSO HAVE HAILEY GILLESPIE, WHO IS OUR SUPERVISOR OVER FACILITIES AT THE NATURE AND SCIENCE CENTER.

WE HAVE ONE OTHER SUPERVISOR WHO'S NOT HERE TODAY.

YES, PLEASE.

THANK YOU, .

THIS GROUP LEADS A TEAM OF 27 TOTAL INDIVIDUALS WHO, UM, WORK TO IMPLEMENT NATURE PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT THE, UM, THROUGHOUT THE PARKS DEPARTMENT.

AND WE ARE JUST REALLY EXCITED TO TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT THEY DO AND HOPEFULLY GIVE YOU, UM, SOME FUN THINGS TO DREAM ABOUT TONIGHT AND HOPEFULLY SOME REACH BACK INTO SOME CHILDHOOD MEMORIES AND THINK ABOUT NATURE AND ALL THE WONDERFUL THINGS THAT THIS GROUP DOES.

ALRIGHT, SOME QUICK THINGS.

UH, SO THIS GROUP INCLUDES THE NATURE AND SCIENCE CENTER, WHICH IF YOU HAVEN'T BEEN, UH, PLEASE COME AND SEE US.

IT'S 15 ACRES.

IT'S, UM, A OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.

WE HAVE OVER A HUNDRED THOUSAND VISITORS EACH YEAR.

UM, WE DO SOMETHING CALLED NATURE TRADE.

SO YOU CAN GO OUT, YOU CAN COLLECT A ROCK, A LEAF, A FOSSIL SOMETHING, AND YOU CAN BRING IT IN AND YOU CAN TELL A VOLUNTEER ABOUT IT, AND THEY CAN THEN GIVE YOU POINTS AND YOU CAN THEN TRADE UP FOR ANOTHER NATURE ITEM.

AT THE NATURE AND SCIENCE CENTER.

WE DID 22,000 TRADES ON THAT PROGRAM LAST YEAR.

UM, AGAIN, IT'S FIVE BUILDINGS.

THERE'S MULTIPLE EXHIBITS AND INCLUDING THAT, THERE'S ALSO, UH, 76 AMBASSADOR ANIMALS.

SO THESE ARE, UM, SMALL TO LARGER ANIMALS.

UM, MOXIE, OUR BOBCAT IS THERE.

YOU CAN COME AND SAY HI TO HER ANY DAY OF THE WEEK.

UM, THIS IS, UM, ONE OF OUR NEWER ANIMALS.

THIS IS A, A PORCUPINE.

AND I'M NOT SURE IF THIS IS QUILLY NELSON OR IF THIS IS JUNIPER.

MIGHT BE JUNIPER.

JUNIPER IS A LITTLE CALMER, BUT COME AND SEE HER SOMEDAY.

WE, WE ACTUALLY TRIED TO GET HER IN THE AREA SO YOU GUYS COULD SEE HER TODAY, BUT THAT DIDN'T WORK OUT.

SO COME AND SEE US, UM, AT THE NATURE AND SCIENCE CENTER THAT WE CAN SHOW THEM TO YOU.

UM, PLEASE KNOW THAT THIS HAS, IT TAKES A LOT TO RUN AND MAKE SURE THESE ANIMALS ARE ON SITE, AND THEY'RE REALLY IMPORTANT TO ALL THE PROGRAMMING THAT'S DONE AT THE NATURE AND SCIENCE CENTER.

UM, IN ADDITION, WE ALSO HAVE A PRESCHOOL ON SITE AT THE NATURE AND SCIENCE CENTER.

UM, I KNOW THAT, UM, THIS IS A SPACE TO ALLOW KIDS TO RUN WILD IN THE NATURE PRESERVE NEXT DOOR AT ZILKER.

AND IT DOES SOME REALLY, REALLY AMAZING CORE FOUNDATIONAL EXPERIENCES FOR THESE CHILDREN, UM, IN A, A CERTIFIED PROGRAM TOO.

SO THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THE STATE OF TEXAS IS, UM, WE HAVE TO MEET ALL THOSE CERTIFICATIONS AND REGULATIONS AS WELL.

SO IT'S A FUN GROUP.

ALSO WANNA TELL YOU ABOUT, A LITTLE BIT ABOUT, UM, CAMACHO ACTIVITY CENTER.

UM, SO THIS IS A, A SMALL BUT MIGHTY TEAM OVER AT CAMACHO.

THEY DO A TON OF ACTIVITIES WITH CHILDREN.

THEY PARTICULARLY FOCUS ON, UM, A LOT OF BIKING.

UM, YOU WILL SEE SUMMER CAMP STUDENTS WHO GO OUT THERE EVERY SUMMER WHO ARE HIKING, OR SORRY, BIKING 10 MILES ON THE LADY BIRD LAKE HIKING BIKE TRAIL WITH, WITH, UM, CAMACHO.

YOU WILL SEE THEM OUT ON THE WATER.

UH, THEY DO FAMILY TRIPS FROM CAMACHO DOCK OUT TO SEE THE BATS ON THE EVENING.

UM, AND IT'S, UM, THEY ALSO, UM, ACTUALLY THIS EVENING WE'RE, UM, HELPING DO SOME A DA ACCESSIBLE GROUPS ON THE DOCK AS WELL TODAY TO GET THEM OUT AND INTO THE WATER IN A WAY THAT'S ENJOYABLE FOR EVERYBODY AND AS INCLUSIVE AS POSSIBLE.

UM, WE ALSO HAVE THE BEVERLY S SHEFFIELD EDUCATION CENTER IN THIS GROUP.

AND SO THIS IS A, A FUN PLACE TO BE.

IT'S BEEN THERE FOR 25 YEARS.

IT'S CURRENTLY CLOSED.

WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW OPPORTUNITY TO KIND OF BE THE ENTRANCE TO BARTON SPRINGS AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

UM, WE EXPECT OUR VISITATION TO PROBABLY BE, HOPEFULLY SOMEWHERE NEAR THAT MILLION PEOPLE WHO COME TO VISIT THE SPRINGS EACH YEAR AND HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY LEARN ABOUT THE SALAMANDERS THAT THEY'RE SWIMMING WITH AND WHY THEY'RE SO IMPORTANT.

UM, SO THIS IS ALSO ONE OF OUR SITES AS WELL.

UM, SOME OF THE PROGRAMS THAT THESE, THIS TEAM IS RESPONSIBLE FOR, AND AGAIN, 27 STAFF, UM, FOR THESE THREE FACILITIES IN THIS MANY, MANY PROGRAMS THAT THEY DO, THEY DO SCHOOL PROGRAMS. SO LAST YEAR ALONE, THEY DID 269 CLASS FIELD TRIPS.

UH, THINK ABOUT ALL THOSE FIELD TRIPS YOU ALL WENT ON AS CHILDREN AND HOW MEMORABLE THEY WERE.

THEY PROVIDE THAT FOR, UM, DAILY ALMOST TO OUR, OUR, OUR AUSTIN, UM, AND SURROUNDING AREA SCHOOLS.

WE HAVE WORKED WITH HOMESCHOOL GROUPS AND MEETUPS, UM, AND WE ALSO DO OUTREACH TO OUR RECREATION CENTERS AS WELL.

AND, UH, JUST SOME NUMBERS HERE TO SHOW YOU.

AND THEN THIS IS ONE OF OUR AMBASSADOR ANIMALS, UM, GETTING A LITTLE, UM, HE GETS TWO FINGERS ON, UH, SO THAT CHILDREN CAN ENJOY AND, AND TOUCH AND FEEL IT AS WELL.

SO IN ADDITION TO THAT, THEY ALSO DO PUBLIC PROGRAMS.

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SO THERE'S TWO KIND OF SPECIAL EVENTS EACH YEAR.

WE'RE ACTUALLY COMING UP ON ONE.

IT'S USUALLY THE WEEKEND AROUND EARTH DAY, SO IT'S COMING UP ON APRIL 20TH.

IT'S, UM, AUSTIN NATURE DAY.

COME ENJOY, UH, SPECIAL, SPECIAL TALKS, AMBASSADOR ANIMALS, AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ABOUT THE SPACE AS WELL.

UM, THEY ALSO DO CAMPS.

I'M SURE YOU PROBABLY HEARD ABOUT THEM.

I TRIED TO REGISTER MY CHILDREN AND COULD NOT GET THEM IN THIS WEEKEND, AND I'M SURE I WASN'T.

I ACTUALLY KNOW I WAS NOT ALONE IN THAT.

UM, HOW QUICKLY THOSE CAMPS FILL UP.

THESE ARE WELL LOVED, WELL APPRECIATED, AND THERE'S A LOT OF SAFETY THAT HAS TO GO INVOLVED.

THEY'RE TAKING KIDS CAVING, THEY'RE TAKING KIDS ROCK CLIMBING, THEY'RE TAKING THEM BIKING, UH, THEY'RE TAKING THEM OUT ON THE WATER.

UH, THEY'RE, UM, CAMACHO HAS A FILM CAMP AND IN THE FALL THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE, UH, PARTICIPANTS TO ACTUALLY VIEW OR HAVE LIKE A RED CARPET WALKING AND ACTUALLY DEBUT THEIR FILMS. UM, SO THESE ARE, THIS IS A FUN, SAFE ENVIRONMENT THAT TAKES A LOT OF WORK AND EFFORT TO PULL OFF, BUT ON THE DAY OF, THERE'S NOTHING BUT ENJOYMENT AND SMILES ASSOCIATED WITH IT.

UM, SO JUST WANTED TO SHARE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT IT.

AND SO JUST OVER 50,000 PARTICIPANT HOURS WITH SUMMER CAMP ALONE THAT WE'RE COMING UP ON, WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT IT.

UM, AND ALSO WANTED TO MENTION A COUPLE SPECIAL EVENTS THAT THEY DO.

UM, JESSICA IN PARTICULAR HAS BEEN REALLY INTEGRAL TO SOME OF THE WORK THAT'S BEEN DONE AT BARTON SPRINGS.

UM, THE CELEBRATION OF JOAN MEANS CABELA'S EFFORTS FOR DE DESEGREGATION AT BARTON SPRINGS POOL WAS SOMETHING THAT SHE PUT A LOT HER HEART AND SOUL INTO MAKING SURE HAPPENED.

UM, WE'VE HAD A, SHE'S WORKED VERY HARD ON THE COLOR OF WATER EXHIBIT.

THAT'S ALSO, UM, FOR OUR FUTURE AS WELL TO TALK ABOUT, UH, THE, THE DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES AT BARTON SPRINGS.

UH, PREVIOUSLY WE'VE ALSO HAD A WHITE SHAMAN EXHIBIT AT THE, UM, BEVERLY F SHEFFIELD EDUCATION EXHIBIT.

SO AN OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY WEAVE SOME OF THOSE GREAT MESSAGES INTO OUR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING.

AND A BIG ONE COMING UP FOR US, UM, IS, UM, COMING UP IN APRIL.

IF YOU HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCE TO GET YOUR ECLIPSE GLASSES, PLEASE JOIN US OUT.

UH, JESSICA'S ALSO HELPING TO ORGANIZE THIS FOR THE PARKS DEPARTMENT AT MULTIPLE LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE CITY SO PEOPLE CAN COME AND ENJOY THIS KIND OF, HOPEFULLY WELL, UH, ONCE IN A LIFETIME, BUT TWICE, ALMOST IN ONE YEAR.

IT'S FINE , UM, EXPERIENCE.

IT'S GONNA BE AMAZING.

UM, AND SO JESSICA'S ALSO HELPING LEAD THIS.

SO THIS TEAM REALLY DOES A LOT TO BRING NATURE ALIVE AND IMPORTANT TO KIND OF THE, THE FUTURE GENERATION OF AUSTIN, AS WELL AS, UM, KIND OF AUSTIN THAT'S BEEN HERE FOR A LONG TIME.

A LOT OF WHAT AUSTIN IS, IS, UM, IS REALLY BASED ON ITS NATURE AND THIS, THIS TEAM IS REALLY, REALLY, UM, REALLY WORKS VERY HARD TO MAKE IT SOMETHING THAT CONTINUES TO BE PART OF AUSTIN.

AND I'M PROUD TO WORK WITH THEM.

SO THANK YOU GUYS FOR YOUR TIME TODAY.

THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE IT.

AND WHAT WAS THE FOURTH NAME YOU SAID? I, WHAT WAS THE FOURTH NAME? I DIDN'T QUITE CATCH.

IT WAS JESSICA RYAN HALEY.

AND, UH, MELISSA IS THE OTHER SUPERVISOR.

OKAY.

MELISSA AND MELISSA.

MELISSA IS THE OTHER SENIOR SUPERVISOR.

YEAH.

UM, THANK YOU.

ANY QUESTIONS? BOARD MEMBERS? OKAY.

UM, I WANTED TO READ A LETTER THAT I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE TO THE TEAM THAT WAS JUST MENTIONED.

UM, AS Y'ALL KNOW, I, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I'VE, UH, STARTED TO DO AS PART OF THE, AS PART AS CHAIR IS AND HOPEFULLY GETS CONTINUED IS, UH, RECOGNIZE SOME OF THE GREAT EFFORTS THAT THE PARK STAFF IS DOING THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY AND THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

UM, AND I THINK THIS IS A CONTINUATION OF THAT, AND IT REALLY SHOWS THE AMAZING THINGS THAT, UH, WE'RE DOING, UM, IN ORDER TO GET KIDS AND ADULTS ENGAGED AS WELL IN OUR, IN OUR SPACES AS WELL.

SO I'M GONNA READ THIS LETTER AND THEN I WILL ASK, UH, FOR, UH, I WILL ASK THAT THIS BE APPROVED BY THE BOARD.

SO, UM, DEAR AND THEN EACH INDIVIDUAL PERSON'S NAME, BUT WE ARE WRITING TO EXPRESS OUR HEARTFELT APPRECIATION AND RECOGNITION FOR YOUR EXCEPTIONAL CONTRIBUTION TO OUR CENTERS.

YOUR DEDICATION, CREATIVITY, AND TIRELESS EFFORTS HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY ENHANCED THE QUALITY OF OUR CENTERS AND ENRICH THE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES WE OFFER TO OUR COMMUNITY.

YOUR INNOVATIVE IDEAS AND STEADFAST COMMITMENT TO IMPROVING OUR CENTERS HAVE NOT GONE UNNOTICED.

YOUR VISION HAS BROUGHT ABOUT REMARKABLE CHANGES THAT HAVE TRANSFORMED CENTERS INTO VIBRANT HUBS FOR LEARNING AND EXPLORATION, FROM REVAMPING, UH, FACILITIES TO INTRODUCING EDUCATION CAPTIVATING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING.

YOUR INITIATIVES HAVE TRULY ELEVATED OUR COMMUNITY.

WE ARE PARTICULARLY IMPRESSED BY YOUR INGENUITY IN DEVELOPING CREATIVE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS THAT ENGAGE AND INSPIRE VISITORS OF ALL AGES AND BACKGROUNDS.

YOUR ABILITY TO COMBINE SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE WITH INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE HAS MADE LEARNING BOTH MORE ENJOYABLE AND ENRICHING FOR OUR GUESTS.

THROUGHOUT YOUR EFFORTS, YOU HAVE FOSTERED A DEEPER APPRECIATION FOR NATURE, SCIENCE, CULTURE,

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AND THE ENVIRONMENT AMONG OUR VISITORS LEAVING A LASTING IMPACT ON THEIR LIVES.

FURTHERMORE, YOUR COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT AND WILLINGNESS TO GO ABOVE AND BEYOND HAVE BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN FOSTERING A POSITIVE AND INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY WHERE BRIDGES ARE BEING BUILT.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS AND FOR MAKING A PROFOUND DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF THOSE THAT WE SERVE.

SO WITH THAT, I WILL ASK THAT WE APPROVE, UH, THESE LETTERS BEING SENT OUT TO THE MEMBERS OF THE TEAM.

THAT WAS, THAT WERE MENTIONED THIS EVENING.

UM, IS THERE A SECOND? I I'LL MAKE THAT MOTION.

IS THERE A SECOND? SECOND.

THERE'S A SECOND FROM BOARD MEMBER BAAN.

ANY DISCUSSION? ALL RIGHT, I WILL THEN, UH, GET A, I WILL ASK, UH, IF YOU ARE SORRY, IF YOU APPROVE, UH, UH, IF YOU'RE IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND.

ALL RIGHT, NINE ZERO THE MOTION PASSES.

AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE WORK THAT Y'ALL DO.

WE REALLY DO APPRECIATE IT.

UM, WE'LL NOW MOVE ON TO AGENDA

[3. Presentation, discussion and possible action regarding a recommendation to Austin City Council to approve an ordinance to amend Title 25 related to the environmental protections at the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail. ]

ITEM NUMBER THREE AND WE WILL, UH, NOW TAKE PUBLIC COMMENT.

YES, CHAIR.

WE HAVE ABOUT, I THINK 10 PUBLIC COMMENTERS.

OUR OUR FIRST PUBLIC COMMENTER WILL BE TED EUBANKS, FOLLOWED BY ROBIN RATHER.

AND THEY'LL BE RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

THREE MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

I, UM, I'VE LOOKED OVER THIS PROPOSAL.

I, I'VE DONE TRAILS ALL THROUGH THIS COUNTRY.

I'VE DONE WATER TRAILS, BOAT TRAILS, KAYAK TRAILS, FISHING TRAILS, HIKING TRAILS, INTERPRETIVE TRAILS.

AND WHAT STUNS ME ABOUT THESE PROPOSALS IS I CAN'T FIND THE NUMBERS, I CAN'T FIND THE DATA THAT WOULD LEAD TO THE CONCLUSIONS.

SO I WOULD ASK VERY SIMPLY NUMBER ONE, BEFORE YOU MAKE ANY DECISION, PLEASE LOOK AT A, AN ANNUAL TRAIL USAGE SURVEY BEFORE DECISIONS ARE MADE.

HOW MANY PEOPLE? THERE ARE NOT 5 MILLION USERS.

I PROMISE YOU THERE MAY BE 5 MILLION USES.

THERE MAY BE MORE THAN THAT.

5 MILLION SOUNDS LOW TO ME.

30,000 PEOPLE, INCLUDING WEEKDAYS AND WEEKENDS, CAN GENERATE FOUR AND A HALF MILLION USES.

SO I'D LIKE TO KNOW HOW MANY END OF VISUAL USERS ARE THEY GENERATING THESE USES? THE BACK OF THE ENVELOPE NUMBER IN PARK PLANNING IS 90 10.

90% OF THE USES IS GENERATED BY 10% OF THE USERS.

IT MAY BE THAT IT MAY NOT BE THAT, BUT WE NEED TO KNOW BEFORE DECISIONS ARE MADE ABOUT WIDENING TRAILS AND WHERE YOU WIDEN THEM, WHAT SURFACES TO USE, ET CETERA.

YOU HAVE BASIC DATA NEEDS THAT I DON'T SEE.

SECOND OF ALL MITIGATION.

IF YOU DECIDE THAT, YEAH, THESE WE DO NEED THESE THINGS TO HAPPEN, THEN YOU HAVE TO MITIGATE FOR IT FOR VERY SIMPLE REASONS CALLED THE URBAN HEAT ISLAND.

EVERY SQUARE FOOT OF CONCRETE GENERATES HEAT.

AND NOT JUST FOR THE TRAIL USERS, IT'S FOR RESIDENTS.

RESIDENTS.

IN EAST AUSTIN, FOR EXAMPLE, WE'RE ALREADY UP TO IN A 2.7 DEGREES IN DOWNTOWN, 10 DEGREES ON SOME OVER COUNTYWIDE AMBIENT TEMPERATURE.

EVERY SQUARE FOOT ADDS TO THAT.

WE JUST FINISHED A TRAIL OR ABOUT TO FINISH FROM WALNUT CREEK TO MAYNARD THAT ADDED 4.52 ACRES OF CONCRETE.

THAT'S THREE CITY BLOCKS.

IT MAY BE THE RIGHT IDEA AND IT ALREADY MAY BE MITIGATED FOR OUT BY DECKER LAKE.

IT THE SAME IS TRUE DOWNTOWN, WHERE WE'RE CRITICALLY DEPENDENT ON LADY BIRD LAKE, THE RIPARIAN BUFFER AND ZILKER PARK TO HELP, UH, HELP AMELIORATE THE URBAN HEAT ISLAND WITHIN THE CORE.

WE NEED DATA BEFORE THESE DECISIONS CAN BE MADE.

EVEN.

THEY MAY BE THE RIGHT ONES.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE ROBIN RATHER FOLLOWED BY TANYA PAYNE.

AND THEN AFTER TANYA WILL BE GAIL ROTH.

UH, GOOD EVENING PARKS, PARKS, BOARD AND CHAIR.

I WANNA START OFF, UH, WITH SOMETHING THAT I HOPE WILL LIFT YOU UP.

IT'S SO PERFECT THAT THIS ITEM IS FOLLOWING THAT WONDERFUL NATURE TEAM THAT'S EDUCATING OUR OUR CHILDREN.

THE MATTER BEFORE YOU ABOUT BUTLER TRAIL IS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT.

UM,

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I WAS READING LAST NIGHT THAT IN SOME NATIVE INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES, THE WORD FOR SOIL TRANSLATES TO WHO WE USED TO BE.

FOR MOST OF HUMAN HISTORY, THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HUMANS AND NATURE WAS SACROSANCT.

IT WAS AIRTIGHT.

BUT HERE IN AUSTIN, WE HAVE BECOME WAY TOO DISCONNECTED FROM NATURE.

CLIMATE CHANGE IS BEARING DOWN ON US.

THE HEAT ISLAND EFFECT THAT TED TALKED ABOUT, FLOODING, LOSS OF TREE CANOPY, LOSS OF BIODIVERSITY.

HEADLINES TODAY ARE ABOUT DROUGHT, RUNNING OUT OF WATER AND WE'RE RUNNING OUT OF TIME.

THIS IS NO TIME AT ALL TO BE EVEN TALKING ABOUT RELAXING OUR STANDARDS.

WE CANNOT KEEP PUTTING COMMERCIAL INTERESTS, PARKING GARAGES AND CONCRETE AHEAD OF OUR OWN SURVIVAL.

OUR LIVES ARE ON THE LINE.

NOW.

THERE'S NO DEBATE ABOUT THAT OUR KIDS' LIVES.

THE KIDS WE'VE BEEN APPLAUDING TONIGHT AND THESE INCREDIBLE EDUCATORS, THEIR LIVES ARE ON THE LINE.

WE CANNOT BE FOOLING AROUND LIKE THIS.

YOU HAVE A CHANCE TONIGHT TO PROTECT THIS ESSENTIAL CONNECTION.

YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO DO SOMETHING FOR CLIMATE.

YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO ACT IN ALIGNMENT WITH AUSTIN'S ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNITY, PARK LOVERS, RUNNERS, AND THOSE WHO HAVEN'T LOST THEIR CONNECTION AND ARE TRYING, LIKE WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT TONIGHT, TO KEEP OUR CHILDREN PROTECTED AND CONNECTED TO NATURE.

THE 10 MILES OF THE BUTLER TRAIL IS IN THE CRITICAL WATER PROTECTION ZONE.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? IT'S CRITICAL.

IT'S INDISPENSABLE.

IT MEANS WE NEED IT REAL BAD.

IT MEANS DON'T CHANGE IT, DON'T DAMAGE IT, DON'T POLLUTE IT.

IT MEANS DON'T PAVE IT WITH CONCRETE.

IT MEANS DON'T MESS WITH IT.

AND IT ALSO MEANS, IF YOU DON'T MIND MY SAYING THIS, DON'T MESS WITH OUR WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT.

THEY HAVE PERHAPS THE, THE MOST DIFFICULT AND MOST IMPORTANT JOB IN TOWN WITH THE POSSIBLE EXCEPTION OF THE POLICE IN EMS. WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO IS MAKE SURE OUR WATER'S CLEAN AND WE DON'T RUN OUT OF IT.

WE SHOULDN'T BE UNDERMINING THEM WITH REQUESTS FROM QUESTIONABLE STAKEHOLDERS WITH QUESTIONABLE MOTIVES, ASKING THEM TO EXEMPT THE CITY FROM ITS OWN RULES.

THAT IS NOT FAIR TO THE STAFF.

AND IT'S CERTAINLY NOT RIGHT FOR THE WATER.

IT'S NOT RIGHT FOR OUR KIDS.

IT'S NOT RIGHT IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM.

PLEASE MAKE SURE THESE ARE OUR SPECIFIC ASKS.

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT ANY CHANGE TO THE TRAIL, IF IT'S REALLY NECESSARY, HAS MITIGATION AND THAT MITIGATION'S AT LEAST TWO TO ONE.

PLEASE MAKE SURE USE CONCRETE OR ASPHALT.

THIS IS NO TIME.

AREAS.

PROTECT THE WATER, PROTECT THE TRAIL, SAVE IT.

DON'T PAVE IT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE TANYA PAYNE, FOLLOWED BY GAIL ROTH.

AFTER GAIL WILL BE TERRY ADAMS. OH, I ACTUALLY GOT MOST OF MY QUESTIONS ANSWERED, , SO I WAS GONNA JUST DO A SYNOPSIS VERSION, BUT THANK YOU.

I WAS, UH, CONCERNED AND HAD ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT WHY THERE WERE SO MANY DIFFERENT VERSIONS AND WHY, UH, THERE WAS CHANGES IN LANGUAGE BETWEEN THE, UM, RESTORATION AND MITIGATION.

BUT A LOT OF MY QUESTIONS WERE ANSWERED.

AND SO TODAY I'D JUST LIKE TO SAY THAT LIKE A LOT OF PEOPLE IN AUSTIN, I LOVE THE BUTLER HIKE AND BIKE TRAIL.

WHEN I FIRST MOVED TO AUSTIN ALMOST 29 YEARS AGO AND WAS HAVING TROUBLE ADJUSTING, I WOULD FREQUENTLY SAY THE ONLY THING I LIKE ABOUT AUSTIN IS THE HIKE AND BIKE TRAIL.

TODAY I CONTINUE TO LOVE THE CRUSH GRANITE SURFACE AND THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.

AND I'D LIKE TO ASK YOU PART FOOT MENTIONED IN A CITY DOCUMENT AND ALSO BY THE TRAIL CONSERVANCY DOCUMENTS WOULD BE GREAT.

IF YOU WANNA GO SMALLER, THAT'D BE OKAY TOO.

BUT PUT A, PUT A MAX ON IT.

IT DOESN'T NEED TO BE A FREEWAY , UH, MAKE SURE THERE'S TWO TO ONE MITIGATION REQUIRED.

UM, I KNOW THAT THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF MOVEMENT DEPENDING ON WHICH ONE YOU WERE ON, WHAT VERSION YOU SEE.

BUT MAKE SURE THE ONE THAT YOU VOTE FOR HAS THE TWO TO ONE.

AND THEN ALSO REQUEST SURFACES BE SOMETHING NATURAL AND NOT CONCRETE OR ASPHALT.

YOU COULD ADD THAT PROTECTION AND I THINK THAT WOULD BE A REALLY NICE MOVE FOR AUSTIN.

SO PLEASE FOCUS ON PROTECTING OUR PARK TRAIL, OUR RIPARIAN AREAS, AND OUR WATERWAYS INSTEAD OF FLEXIBILITY

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FOR DEVELOPMENT.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE GAIL ROTH, FOLLOWED BY TERRY ADAMS. AFTER TERRY WILL BE BOBBY LEBINSKI.

GOOD EVENING.

UH, GAIL RODY.

UH, FIRST OF ALL, I'D LIKE TO APOLOGIZE TO ALL OF YOU WHO GOT MORE THAN ONE COPY OF MY LETTER THIS MORNING.

I HAD A LITTLE ALTERCATION WITH MY COMPUTER , SO SORRY TO FILL UP YOUR, IN YOUR INBOX WITH COPIES.

UM, I AM, AFTER SPENDING SOME TIME WITH THESE AMENDMENTS, I HAVE TO SAY I'M A LITTLE BIT CONFUSED.

I'M CONFUSED ABOUT WHAT'S INTENDED BY THE AMENDMENTS AND I'M ALSO REALLY WORRIED ABOUT THE POTENTIAL, THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF, UH, THESE AMENDMENTS.

UM, SO I'VE TRIED TO STEP BACK AND JUST FOCUS ON A COUPLE OF HIGH LEVEL THINGS THAT I THINK I STARTED OFF WITH.

AND ONE OF THEM WAS A SENTENCE I FOUND IN THE BUTLER TRAIL PMA.

IT STATES THAT THE TRAIL CONSERVANCY IS A NONPROFIT 5 0 1 C3 EXEMPT ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO MAINTAINING THE ESSENTIAL CHARACTER OF THE PARK.

I THINK THAT MEANS THE PRESERVATION, THE RESTORATION, AND THE ENHANCEMENT OF THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.

I UNDERSTAND THAT THERE'S A LOT OF SAFETY ISSUES, WHETHER IT'S EROSION OR WHETHER IT'S CHOKE POINTS.

AND I UNDERSTAND THAT THOSE NEED TO BE ADDRESSED, BUT I I IT FEELS LIKE THAT THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT, INCLUDING THESE VERY IMPORTANT SAFETY ISSUES, SHOULD BE MINIMALLY EVAS INVASIVE ON THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.

SO I'M ASKING YOU TONIGHT TO ENSURE THAT THESE, UH, THESE AMENDMENTS ALIGN WITH THAT VISION THAT PRIORITIZES THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE TERRY ADAMS, FOLLOWED BY BOBBY LEVINSKY.

AND THEN MARK MAY.

I AM TERRY ADAMS AND I'M SPEAKING FOR MYSELF TONIGHT.

UM, THE I CAN BIKE TRAIL AROUND TOWN LAKE LADY BIRD LAKE, THE BUTLER TRAIL.

UM, IT HAS GOD TIER STATUS IN AUSTIN.

THIS IS NOT GONNA BE SOMETHING THAT IS GOING TO BE EASY TO CHANGE, EVEN IF SOME PEOPLE THINK THAT THEY CAN CHANGE IT THROUGH A BUREAUCRATIC MOVE THAT LOOKS INNOCUOUS.

IF THAT WERE TRUE, THEN THEY WOULD NOT HAVE SCHEDULED IT TO BE HEARD BY Y'ALL TONIGHT, BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION TOMORROW.

AND THEN COUNSEL ON THURSDAY, WHICH I HEARD WAS GONNA BE PUSHED TO THE 7TH OF MARCH.

UM, YOU DON'T NEED TO DO THINGS THAT FAST WHEN YOU'RE DOING THINGS THE RIGHT WAY WHEN YOU'RE DOING THINGS IN THE LIGHT OF DAY.

BUT EVEN THOUGH THIS IS SUCH A PRECIOUS ASSET PUBLIC ASSET FOR ALL OF AUSTIN, THERE ARE JUST A FEW PEOPLE WHO REALLY HAVE SAY IN WHAT THE PLANS ARE GONNA BE FOR THE BUTLER TRAIL.

AND THAT'S A PROBLEM.

AND THAT IS WHY IT IS A PROBLEM TO HAVE LARGE NONPROFITS ACTING AS THEY'RE ESSENTIALLY, THEY THE ROLE OF A CONTRACTOR, BUT THEY DON'T HAVE TO BID FOR THEIR CONTRACTS.

IT IS A PROBLEM BECAUSE WHEN I LOOK AT THEIR BOARD OF DIRECTORS, I SEE MOSTLY REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT, REAL ESTATE LAW, MOSTLY NOT ALL, BUT A LOT OF THOSE PEOPLE ARE VERY INVESTED IN THE GROWTH OF AUSTIN.

AND, YOU KNOW, THERE'S NOTHING THAT UM, I CAN DO PERSONALLY TO STOP THE GROWTH OF AUSTIN, BUT I WILL PROTECT THIS TRAIL.

THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST SPECIAL THINGS ABOUT AUSTIN.

WE CANNOT LOSE IT.

WE HAVE TO MAKE A DECISION TO PROTECT IT.

AND IF THAT MEANS THAT WE ARE NO LONGER THE PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE, THEN I THINK THAT'S GOOD.

I THINK WE NEED TO STOP BEING THE PATH.

WE NEED TO RESIST THIS.

YOU ARE IN THE POSITION OF REPRESENTING THE PUBLIC.

OKAY.

THE TRAIL CONSERVANCY IS A BUSINESS.

THEY MEET BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND THEY HAVE THEIR INTEREST THAT THEY ARE PROMOTING.

SO THEIR INTEREST DOES NOT NECESSARILY ALIGN WITH THE PUBLIC.

I WANNA HEAR WHAT THE WALKERS, WHAT THE JOGGERS SAY.

UM, IT'S NOT GREAT FOR BIKING.

I'VE USED IT AS A BIKER, AS A RUNNER, UM, AS A WALKER.

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AND UM, YOU KNOW, IF WE NEED TO HAVE A COMMUTER TYPE, UM, CORRIDOR FOR BIKES, THEN I THINK THAT NEEDS TO BE MORE OF LIKE A ROAD THING.

AND THE TRAIL IS A NATURE TRAIL.

IT IS A PARK TRAIL.

UM, SO PLEASE PROTECT IT.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE BOBBY LAVINSKY, FOLLOWED BY MARK MAY.

AND THEN BILL BUNCH.

THANK YOU BOARD MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS BOBBY LAVINSKY.

I'M AN ATTORNEY WITH THE STATE OF OUR SPRINGS ALLIANCE.

NORMALLY I LIKE TO TRY TO FIND WHERE WE CAN ALL AGREE ON SOMETHING ON THESE AMENDMENTS.

THEY'RE JUST ANNOYINGLY UNNECESSARY.

UM, IF YOU LOOK AT THE FIRST PROVISION, COUNCIL ALREADY RETAINS THE ABILITY TO APPROVE A TRAIL LARGER THAN 12 FEET.

IF IT'S APPROVED AS PART OF A PLAN, WE CAN HAVE THAT CONVERSATION WITH THOSE PLANS.

THERE'S NO NEED FOR THAT CODE AMENDMENT.

THE OTHER TWO CODE AMENDMENTS ARE REMOVING ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CRITICAL WATER QUALITY ZONE.

OUR RIPARIAN ZONE THAT IS CRITICAL FOR WATER QUALITY.

IT HELPS FILTER OUT POLLUTANTS NATURALLY AND PROTECTS OUR WATER QUALITY LADY BIRD LAKE IS SUFFERING.

NOW I ALSO WANNA POINT OUT, I WANT, IT'S HARD.

I, SOME OF THESE AMENDMENTS ARE ANNOYING BECAUSE IT'S HARD TO VISUALIZE.

SO I BROUGHT SOME HOPE.

ALRIGHT, WAIT, WAIT, WAIT.

OH THIS IS, THIS IS 12 FEET ALLOWED.

WITHOUT ANY ADDITIONAL COUNCIL APPROVAL, I'M GONNA GO AHEAD AND STEP MYSELF BACK TO REACH 20 FEET, WHICH IS THE COMPROMISE SOLUTION.

IN WHAT WORLD IS THE 20 FOOT TRAIL NEEDED ALONG LADY BIRD LAKE? IT MAKES NO SENSE.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE MARK MAY FOLLOWED BY BILL BUNCH.

AFTER BILL WILL BE ASHLEY FISHER.

MARK MAY WILL HAVE THREE MINUTES.

HI, UM, I'M, I'M MARK MAY.

I'M FROM, UH, D FIVE AND THAT, UH, 20 FEET WAS BIG .

UM, ANYWAY, I'VE HEARD, UH, SOME, UH, CONCERNS ABOUT, UH, PAVING THE TRAIL AND I THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE A CRAZY TALK.

SO I DID SOME WORK AT WORK TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT, WELL, WHERE IS THAT COMING FROM? AND SO I FOUND SOME STUFF THAT I THOUGHT I WANTED TO SHARE WITH YOU 'CAUSE IT WAS FAIRLY, FAIRLY SHOCKING.

SO THE, A CITY DEFINES URBAN TRAILS AS WIDE, AS WIDE PAVED, SHARED USE, UH, TRAILS.

AND IT TURNS OUT THAT, UH, THE BUTLER TRAIL IS EITHER A TIER ONE URBAN TRAIL OR A TIER TWO URBAN TRAIL.

SO IF YOU KEEP ON GOING DOWN, YOU SEE THAT OUR URBAN TRAIL AGAIN, IN CASE THEY DIDN'T GET IT CLEARLY SAID THE FIRST TIME IS A WIDE PAVED, UH, TRAIL.

AND THEY SHOW YOU A PICTURE JUST IN CASE YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS.

THIS IS SHO, UH, CREEK AROUND I THINK 24TH, UH, STREET.

SO YOU CAN SEE IT'S PAVED, OBVIOUSLY OPTIMIZED FOR, UH, COMMUTING.

SO WHY IS BUTLER AN URBAN TRAIL AND NOT A PARK TRAIL? IF YOU LOOK AT THE URBAN TRAIL TRAIL PLAN, I GOT SOME LINKS FROM SOME FOLKS, UH, TODAY.

UH, THANK YOU FOR THOSE.

AND UM, THERE'S SOME PICTURES HERE AND URBAN TRAIL OF, OF WHAT AN URBAN TRAIL CAN BE IN AUSTIN.

YOU AND YOU LOOK AT ALL FIVE OF THOSE ARE PAVED.

I THOUGHT THE ONE IN THE LOWER LEFT, SURELY THE CAPTION'S GONNA READ, UH, THE BUTLER TRAIL IS ALSO OUR URBAN TRAIL.

NOPE, IT SAYS A PAVED TRAIL THROUGH NATURE.

WOW.

THAT'S WHAT BUTLER TRAIL IS ACCORDING TO THE CITY.

NOW GO OVER AND YOU'LL AT PARKS TRAIL.

OKAY, GOOD, GOOD, GOOD.

SO WHAT'S A, WHAT'S A PARK TRAIL? WHAT CAN HAVE A A, A VARIETY OF UH, SURFACE TYPES.

CONCRETE, CRUSHED GRANITE.

OKAY.

NATURAL.

GOOD, GOOD, GOOD.

AND THE PRIMARY GOAL IS